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December 21st The Winter Solstice: A Mindful Celebration

As the world spins through its celestial dance, December 21st marks a pivotal moment in the annual rhythm of our planet – the Winter Solstice. Far more than just the shortest day and longest night of the year, this astronomical event carries profound significance for those who seek wellness and mindfulness. In my mindset, December 21st is not just a date on the calendar; it is a sacred moment of reflection, rejuvenation, and connection with the natural world.

I also consider it the best day of the year. My Dad is a little obsessed with the evenings getting shorter and darker and then getting longer and brighter. I think both him and I get a little sad on the 21st of June as we know what is in store. There is never a 21st of June summer solstice evening that would pass without him saying “Oh we will see the evenings slip back now fairly quickly, or before we know where we are it will be heading into the darker September evenings! In June, he said this, so no wonder I am the way I am I guess. So what others might consider the best day in the year, we consider the worst and for those who consider today the worst day of the year, we think of it as the best day. 
From now on, every day will get a little brighter and a little better. The worst is over, we are filled with hope and positivity and anticipation. The dread is over, the worst day has come and now it will pass. 

The Power of Nature’s Pause

In this season of hustle and bustle, the Winter Solstice also serves as a cosmic reminder to slow down and embrace the stillness. As the sun reaches its southernmost point, there is a pause in the sun’s apparent movement, a moment of quiet reflection before the gradual return of light. In this pause, we find an opportunity to turn inward, to attune ourselves to the quiet whispers of our own thoughts, and to appreciate the beauty of stillness in a world that rarely stops.

Symbolism of Darkness and Light

The Winter Solstice symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness, a powerful metaphor for the journey within ourselves. As the longest night unfolds, we are encouraged to acknowledge and embrace our own shadows, fostering a sense of acceptance and self-compassion. With the inevitable return of daylight, we find hope in the knowledge that, even in our darkest moments, there is always the promise of a new dawn.

Connecting with Nature

On this special day, take a mindful journey outdoors and connect with the natural world. Whether it’s a solitary walk in a  forest or a moment of quiet contemplation under the stars, immersing yourself in nature fosters a deep sense of interconnectedness. As you breathe in the crisp winter air, let go of the stresses of the year and allow the earth’s energy to ground and nourish you.

Setting Intentions for the Coming Year

The Winter Solstice is an opportune time to set intentions for the coming year. Just as the sun embarks on its journey back towards the northern hemisphere, we too can embark on our personal journeys of growth, healing, and transformation. Take a moment to reflect on the lessons of the past and envision the path you wish to forge ahead. By aligning your intentions with the natural cycle of the seasons, you cultivate a sense of harmony and balance in your life.

Ceremonies and Rituals

Many cultures throughout history have celebrated the Winter Solstice with ceremonies and rituals. Whether it’s lighting candles to symbolise the returning light or performing a simple meditation to honour the changing seasons, incorporating mindful practices into your day can deepen your connection to the significance of December 21st.

So to that end, in the midst of all the busyness today, take a moment to celebrate nature’s cycles. Embrace the stillness, acknowledge your shadows, and set positive intentions, Allow today to become a moment of inner peace, mindfulness, hope and well-being.

 

As a mini little meditation for today

May you be well,

May you be safe,

May you be renewed & inspired,

May you embrace the light that awaits you on your journey through the coming year.

May you be happy. 

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